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For those who don’t want to run an entire marathon – we present the Manzano Mile

Pam LeBlanc

People generally have two reactions to a 1-mile race – either they think it’s easy, because it’s a short distance, or they think it’s hard, because it requires flat-out effort.

Whichever camp you fall into, you can sign up for the Manzano Mile, the newest addition to Austin Marathon weekend, coming in mid-February.

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The race, named for Austin Marathon race ambassador and Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano, will take place Feb. 17, the day before the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.

The event will start at 11 a.m. Runners will sprint along Riverside Drive, next to the Health and Fitness Expo at Palmer Events Center.

Participants can register for the Manzano Mile on the Austin Marathon website. Registration is $25 for the timed mile, $20 for the untimed mile, and $10 for children. Prices will increase by $5 after Feb. 1.

“The Manzano Mile is a special race and I’m excited to share my love of running with the world through the Austin Marathon,” Manzano, an Austin resident, said in a press release from High Five Events. “It’s an honor to have this mile race incorporated into race weekend for all to enjoy.”

The top three male and female finishers in the 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, Masters (40-49) and Grand Masters (50+) age groups will get awards. Waves will run approximately every 15 minutes.

The Future Milers of America Kids Run and an untimed mile will follow the timed run.

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“The expansion of race weekend gives the marathon, half marathon, and 5K participants an opportunity to cheer for the milers or complete the Manzano Mile with their family,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events.

Manzano is a four-time USATF National Champion and silver medalist in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 Olympic Games. He attended Marble Falls High School, where he was a nine-time Texas 4A State champion in track and cross country. He won five NCAA national championships and was a nine-time All-American at The University of Texas.